Chia seeds, a well-kept secret of the ancient Aztec and Mayan civilizations, are gaining their popularity again and slowly but surely are becoming an unavoidable trend in the world of healthy nutrition and beauty. That should not be surprising because these magical seeds may serve as the ultimate weapon in the fight against excess weight, skin and even health problems.
The seeds were named after the Mayan word for strength and were thought to have magical properties. Being considered as a natural source of energy and stamina, they were the basis of the everyday nutrition at that time. Chia seeds were used for flour, cooking oil and medication production and people also consumed them with water.
After the Spaniards conquered South America in the 16th century, they banned the cultivation of chia seeds, because the seeds were offered as a gift to the gods during religious ceremonies. The seeds became more and more popular in the late 20th century, when a group of scientists, nutritionists and farmers began to work on their commercial production in Argentina.
Nowadays, chia is the center of attention again, because an increasing number of people are turning to healthy living, organic nutrition, and natural appearance that requires nourished skin.
Low-calorie seeds that provide long lasting satiety
Believe it or not, tiny chia seeds contain:
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- 5 x more calcium than milk
- 7 x more vitamin C than oranges
- 8 x more omega-3 fatty acids than salmon
- 15 x more magnesium than broccoli
If you’re watching your figure then chia seeds will be ideal for you, because they cause a feeling of satiety that lasts for a longer period of time. You don’t have to be on a strict diet ever again, since many athletes consume chia seeds as a natural source of energy.
Reduce the intake of eggs and butter and eat more chia seeds
There are countless ways to include chia seeds into your daily diet. Although they have a neutral flavor, they improve the taste of other dishes and significantly contribute to their nutritional value.
Sprinkle them on your favorite salad to make it more nutritious, or if you still cannot resist your favorite cake, make a healthier version using chia seeds as a substitute for eggs and butter.
One tablespoon of milled chia seeds mixed with three tablespoons of water forms a gel-like structure that is equal to one egg. The same gel mixture can be used to replace half the amount of butter that your recipe requires.
Chia helps in the fight against diabetes, cholesterol and arthritis
If you have diabetes, especially type 2 diabetes, chia seeds can help your body regulate carbohydrates and sugars, because they create some kind of blockage in the stomach, which slows down the influx of sugar into the bloodstream and contributes to maintaining adequate levels of blood glucose.
Thanks to being rich in fibers, chia seeds absorb toxins, clean and soothe the digestive tract, lower bad cholesterol, triglyceride levels in the blood and blood pressure.
The composition of chia nutrients indicates they have anti-inflammatory properties, which means they can reduce joint pain and inflammations strongly related to the rheumatoid arthritis.
You have our word, once you try them, you won’t be able to live without them!